Monthly Archives: January 2004

Warriors scorched by Blackman Blaze

Posted on January 20, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes defeat Lady Blaze, take two game lead in district race

Posted on January 20, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Late breaking news from law enforcement

Posted on January 20, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
A man and woman were arrested after officers discovered a weapon and various components consistent with the manufacture of meth in their vehicle.
Jennifer Lynn Smith, 22, of Dayton, and Anthony Chris Wagner, of Spencer, were arrested and transported to the White County Justice Center.
According to a report by Deputy Rudy Cruz, on Jan. 15, 2004, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Cruz noticed a vehicle exiting the intersection of Taft Church Road and Sam Walton Drive. The vehicle, a 2004 model white, Dodge pick-up truck, began weaving back and forth from line to line and otherwise driving erratically. Cruz requested a check on the tag, which … CONTINUED


Vehicle seized after drug bust

Posted on January 20, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Over a pound of marijuana and a vehicle were seized after Sparta Patrolman J.T. King observed a car make an improper turn.
At approximately 9:10 p.m., Jan. 13, 2004, Craig Richmond, 20, of Sparta, was traveling erratically and then made an improper turn onto Ben Lomand Drive while King watched. King then pulled up behind the 1990 Chevrolet Caprice and proceeded to make a traffic stop and came into contact with Richmond.
According to the report, the officer noticed a large bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana on the passenger side floorboard. Richmond informed King the marijuana was his, and he was … CONTINUED


James Eston Green

Posted on January 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James Eston Green, 87, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 16, 2004.
Green was born March 24, 1916, in White County, to Robert James Green and Ollie Dodson Green.
He had been a farmer.
Green was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Mattie Irene Walker Green.
Survivors include three nieces, June Maas, Millie Dunjen, Mae Crawford, all of Traverse City, Mich.; one nephew, David Greene, of South Carolina; and one great niece, Terri Jean Miller, of Sparta.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Jan. 19, 2004, graveside at Oaklawn Cemetery. Bro. Fate Wilson will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sammie L. Farley

Posted on January 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sammie L. Farley, 66, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 16, 2004.
Farley was born June 11, 1937, in Monterey, to Tobie Farley and Gladys Pinkston Farley.
He had been employed at Mitchell’s Manufacturing.
Farley was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Farley, of Sparta; two sons, Larry Dale Farley and wife, Elfrida, and Toby Farley, all of Cookeville; one brother, Larry Farley, and wife, Barbara, of Walling; three sisters, Juanita Gray and husband, James, of Kettering, Ohio, Marie Rittenberry and husband, J. B., of Sparta, Darlene Smith and husband, Larry, of Dickson and two grandchildren, Russell Farley and Rachel Farley.
Services were at … CONTINUED


Lela Veachel Hawkins Coffman

Posted on January 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lela Veachel Hawkins Coffman, 92, of Sparta, passed away Jan. 15, 2004.
Coffman was born July 30, 1911, in Overton County, to Perry Hawkins and Louisa Thompson Hawkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Ina Coffman; two sons, H.C. Coffman, Roger Coffman; one granddaughter, Shannon Johnson; two grandsons, Rick Emerton, Charlie Norris; and one great granddaughter, LaShe Howard.
Survivors include four daughters, June Emerton, of Indianapolis, Ind., Sue Howard and husband, Jim, Jean Howard, and Ann Howard, all of Sparta; three sons, Charles Coffman and wife, Linda, Donald Coffman and wife, Cathy, Paul Coffman and wife, Peggy, all of Sparta; two sisters, Clara Chilton, … CONTINUED


John Henry Farris

Posted on January 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

John Henry Farris, 95, of McMinnville, passed away Jan. 16, 2004.
Farris was born May 23, 1908, in White County to Will Farris and Alice Austin Farris.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had been self employed as a contractor.
Farris was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Katherine Pruitt Farris and Vera Coppinger Farris.
Survivors include four daughters, Marie Key, of Decherd, Alice East, of Manchester, Jean Russell, of Tullahoma, Sarah Green, of Goodlettsville; three sons, Howard Farris, of McMinnville, Charles Farris, of McMinnville, David Farris, of Bad Nauheim, Germany; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Conover, of … CONTINUED


Warriorettes stay perfect with win over Lebanon

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Three vie for assessor of property office

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
J. David Broyles
J. David Broyles, a native of Sparta and graduate of White County High School, has always wanted to be involved in government.
Broyles, Averitt Express fleet manager, said he believes the office of assessor of property could benefit from his job skills, which include more than 16 years program management experience and handling large accounts. He has also run numerous successful political campaigns.
Involvement is the key priority for Broyles. He feels elected officials should take part in all aspects of governmental affairs.
“I feel I can provide the best service you can have at the lowest cost,” said Broyles. “I have … CONTINUED


Votes will count

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Last fall, the Tennessee legislature voted to move the state primary up one month to February.
Since 1988, Tennessee has held its primary in March, when several southern states joined together and attempted to create a ‘Super Tuesday’. The plan did not work. People were not coming to the polls. According to political analysts, it was because by the time Tennessee’s primary was held, the front runners had already been identified by voters in other states.
In White County, only 26.54 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the March 2000 Presidential Primary.
Tennessee’s election is just two weeks after the New Hampshire primary, when … CONTINUED


E-911 dispatcher fired by unanimous vote

Posted on January 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
After listening to evidence gathered about an E-911 dispatcher’s improprieties, the board of directors voted unanimously on Monday, during a special called meeting, to fire Jamie Banks.
The controversy began on Jan. 2, 2004, when Banks was involved in an investigation by the White County Narcotics Unit. E-911 Board of Directors Chairman Jerry Lowery said the special called meeting was to address this issue and determine how the incident should be handled.
Lowery asked E-911 Director Harry Cole to tell the board what Banks had told him about the incident. Cole said on Jan. 3, 2004, Banks called him and said she needed to talk … CONTINUED


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